From exhibitions, workshops, artist talks and conference facilities to shopping, reading, meeting up with friends and just hanging-out, The Dowse offers its many communities a range of experiences. Tell us how we can help plan or improve your visit :
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How To Find Us
The Dowse is in Lower Hutt, a 15–20 minute car journey from central Wellington or Upper Hutt via State Highway 2, click here for maps and more details.
The Dowse is accessible for people in wheelchairs. A wheelchair is available from the front desk for use in the gallery and there is lift access. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Contact us if you have concerns around accessibility and we will do our best to cater for you.
Children are always welcome at The Dowse. Toilets have baby changing facilities and breastfeeding is welcome. The upstairs lounge has hands-on activities for children and is a comfortable place to sit, rest or chat. The exhibition programme always has something of interest to children and DIY activities are available from the front desk. Have a look at our upcoming events for children.
What Our Visitors Are Saying
"For a morning visit of a couple of hours, followed by a lovely brunch, the Dowse is the perfect size - you feel like you can take your time to see things, sometimes twice, without thinking you'll be missing something. Then you can reflect on you viewing over a bite to eat, and if you like, pop back again - or nip outside and you're on the bus back to Wellington, or in a premium big box shopping area."
"Great place doing great shows - well done!'
'A vibrant and cheerful place'
'I always go away stimulated by new art and new ideas'
'I love the atmosphere at The Dowse'
'An interesting variety every time. Friendly staff who go out of their way to help and be welcoming'.
'Glad that Lower Hutt has this facility for art appreciation and enjoyment.'
What Else To Expect
FREE WI-FI and plenty of seating throughout the galleries. There is a cafe on the ground floor and the shop sells quirky designer gifts, cards and arts publications. We encourage you to take photos during your visit, but please not of Nuku Tewhatewha.
Have a read about our vision, history and building. You can see what we've been up to and discover background on events, exhibitions and staff by joining in with the blog, Facebook and Twitter posts.
Depending on how busy the front of house team is, we are happy to guide you through the galleries, just come and ask. At busier times, and for group tours, please contact us to make a booking.
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